Museums & Historic Sites
New Orleans is a city with a unique culture, and there is much to preserve for generations to come. Whether you are an art lover or a history buff, there is a wonderful museum close by for all ages to enjoy.
New Orleans Museum of Art: Opened in 1911 as the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art has grown into an invaluable cultural, recreational and educational resource which serves the City of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Ranked in the top 25 percent of the nation's 140 largest and most important art museums, NOMA's mission is to preserve and present a representative survey of the finest art mankind has produced, from antiquity to the present — extraordinary art from every century and every culture. NOMA’s exhibitions and programs are designed to cultivate, promote and inspire appreciation and knowledge of the fine arts.
The National World War II Museum: Dr. Stephen Ambrose, University of New Orleans Boyd Professor of History, founded The National D-Day Museum Foundation in New Orleans in 1991. The Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or "D-days" of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part. It is located in New Orleans, Louisiana because it was here that Andrew Higgins built the landing craft used in the amphibious invasions; the landing craft which President Eisenhower believed won the war for the Allies.
Louisiana State Museums: A complex of national landmarks housing thousands of artifacts and works of art reflecting Louisiana's legacy of historic events and cultural diversity. The Museum operates five properties in the famous French Quarter: the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old U.S. Mint and Madame John's Legacy. Also the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum in Patterson,the Old Courthouse in Natchitoches, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux.
Louisiana Children's Museum: Find something new and fun to do each time you visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Explore and experience 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun, engaging exhibits and exciting programs - all designed with curious kids (and grown-ups) in mind. Pilot a towboat down the Mighty Mississippi. Shop until you drop in a pint-size grocery store. Dine in a five-star, role-play café. Ride a bike with Mr. Bones. Lift 500 pounds. Hoist yourself up a wall. Trap your shadow. Anchor the evening news. Stand inside a gigantic bubble. Create a masterful work of art and much more! Even little ones have a special space to climb, crawl, hide and explore. Learning has never been more fun!
Ogden Museum of Southern Art: The mission of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, is to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications, research center, and its Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture. To that end, the museum will collect, conserve, exhibit, study, and interpret the art of the South within the context of the region's history and culture.
Confederate Museum: Confederate veterans of Louisiana founded Memorial Hall, also known as the Confederate Museum, in New Orleans in 1891 as a repository for their memorabilia from the War Between the States. Memorial Hall contains the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the United States, and is the oldest continually operating museum in Louisiana.
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC): Since 1976, the Contemporary Arts Center has been home to artists’ bold experiments in painting, theater, photography, performance art, dance, music, video, education, and sculpture. The CAC and local performers stage several dozen plays, dance events, music concerts and performances in our two theaters. In our Rehearsal Hall and Art Lab, Artists For a Day workshops introduce young minds to artful excitement. Renovated in 1990, the CAC’s building mixes the timelessness of New Orleans’ historic architecture with contemporary materials, open spaces and site-specific art works created by Louisiana artists.
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum: The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is believed to be the only museum in the world dedicated to Voodoo. The primary purpose of this museum is to represent the traditional practices of the Voodoo religion in New Orleans. The museum brings together ancient and modern day Voodoo practices. Located in the historic French Quarter, the Museum is an excellent stop for an afternoon walking tours that highlight the historical importance of Voodoo in New Orleans, along with tales of famous Voodoo Practitioners. The Museum houses artifacts of the Great Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.
Musée Conti Wax Museum: It's the best-kept secret in New Orleans. The Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum is fun, historical, educational AND entertaining... a must see in New Orleans! Founded in 1963, "The WAX" tells the fascinating story of New Orleans from her founding to the present day. Experience more than 300 years of history, legend and scandal with the 154 life-size figures displayed in historically accurate settings. Plus a haunted dungeon!! The Wax offers tours to school groups, individuals and is perfect for private parties.